Special Collections

The Charlotte M. Smith Collection of Miniature Books

Commonwealth Press

Return to: 20th Century U. S. Imprints in the Smith Collection

The portion of this website in front of you brings together in preliminary fashion a variety of lists and descriptions for United States Miniature Books published during the Twentieth Century. The books have then been organized by press or publisher as described in Robert C. Bradbury’s Twentieth Century United States Miniature Books (No. Clarendon, Vermont: The Microbibliophile, 2000). This page describes titles held by the University of Iowa Libraries for the press or publisher described below. The descriptions generally follow Bradbury’s format: Author. Title. Imprint (if it varies from the heading), date. Size in inches. Number of pages. Brief physical description. Illustrations note. Copy # of [##] copies.

Commonwealth Press

Worcester, MA


Thompson, Eben Francis. The Rose Garden of Omar Khayyam. Worcester, MA, Commonwealth Press, 1932. ΒΌ” x 15/16″. Editon of 250 copies. At the time of publication this was the smallest book printed in the world. Includes four related items: The Rose Garden of Omar Khayyam, “The Mother Book of the Rose Garden”, A Thimbleful of Books, a small magnifying glass mounted in brass. Lacking from this set are the proof sheets which were originally part of the package. B20th 1/2910.

Proof Sheet of the Smallest Printed Book in the World: The Rose Garden of Omar Khayyam. Worcester, MA: Commonwealth Press, [1932].Gfit of Robert C. Bradbury. B20th 1/2910.